Un noir (con prevalenza anche visiva del nero sul bianco) con una splendida ambientazione in una cittadina del nord della Francia perpetuamente percossa da pioggia e vento, un cast di prim'ordine (Gérard Philipe, Madeleine Robinson, Jane Marken, Jean Servais) ed una storia che si svela più nel mostrare che nel narrare. Chicca da recuperare
Extraordinary film that in many ways foreshadows the world of Louis Malle's best films, LE FEU FOLLET (depression) and LACOMBE LUCIEN (guilt or its absence). It captures a specifically French malaise caused by the war. As deeply felt as Gerard Philipe's performance is, the film's greatness is in going way beyond one individual's suffering. The last image of the beach is shocking. It feels like an intimation of D-DAY.
Such an intense film. And not a pretty little beach at all. A horrid muddy beach where it is cold and rainy all the time and it is almost desolate but for the creepy right-wing petit bougeoisie that own the place. An early gay film, albeit with coded messages and stereoptypically tragic gay figures. The French govt. made the distributors put a disclaimer on the front and back of the film! And it was age restricted.
Just a superb film. Gerard Philippe is perfect in the lead. Jean Servais many may remember as the lead in RIFIFI. Somber in its ambiance, poetic in its melancholy. There is murder, and remorse. The sky is overcast, and the rain falls relentlessly. One has to be receptive to a film of this type, but as a noir it satisfies in ways where so many others fall short. If you like this film I suggest Hamer's The Long Memory.